Making an NFL Preseason Bet on New Orleans

December 1, 2010 NFL Football

There are going to be many gamblers who look to make an NFL preseason bet on the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

When a team wins the Super Bowl they get immediate respect in NFL preseason odds and that will be the case with New Orleans.

NFL preseason bet numbers list the Saints as a 9-1 choice to win the Super Bowl.  The Saints are -200 favorites to win the NFC South.  Everything sounds great for the Saints but caution should be advised as defending Super Bowl champs oftentimes struggled and they are always overvalued.  The Saints open up their preseason schedule at New England on August 12th.  They host the Houston Texans in Week 2 and stay home in Week 3 for a game against San Diego that can be seen on CBS. They finish up the preseason at Tennessee on September 2nd.

The Saints didn’t really add anyone to improve their team in the off-season but they did suffer some losses. They lost running back Mike Bell, offensive tackle Jammal Brown and defensive end Charles Grant among others.  The Saints might miss Brown on the offensive line while Bell and Grant can be replaced.  The Saints were excellent last season on offense as they led the league with 31.9 points per game.  Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 4,388 yards, 34 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions.  The Saints have a lot of weapons including wide receiver Marques Colston who led the team in receptions.  Robert Meacham and Devery Henderson were also solid receiving threats.  The running game was led by Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas.

New Orleans was able to win a Super Bowl even though their defense was not that great.  The defense stepped it up in the playoffs but whether they can do that again is a question mark.  Darren Sharper had a great season for the Saints in the secondary and New Orleans found ways to create turnovers.  They may not have as much success this season.

The Saints will be overrated early in the season and that will include NFL preseason odds, so you may want to be careful about betting on them. Even in the regular season, the Saints could be laying too many points. They have a tough opening schedule with Minnesota, San Francisco and Atlanta.

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